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POSTED: Friday, February 21, 2014, 11:46 AM

As of today – and this number almost certainly will grow – the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has spread 157,815 tons of salt in its Philadelphia region.

That’s easily a record, surpassing the winter of 2009-10, the snowiest on record, during which it used 142,768 tons.

In all likelihood, the 2013-14 number is going to keep going up. Snow is in the forecast for next week, and it might come in two different batches.

POSTED: Friday, February 21, 2014, 11:20 AM

The National Weather Service has posted a tornado watch for the entire state of Delaware until 5 p.m.

That’s in addition to the flood watch for the Diamond State and the rest of the region until 10 p.m.

The temperature contrasts are rather astonishing, ranging from 69 at 11 a.m. in Georgetown, Del., to 38 in Doylestown.

POSTED: Thursday, February 20, 2014, 4:43 PM

The National Weather Service has posted a flood watch for Philadelphia, the seven neighboring counties on both sides of the river, and northern Delaware, in effect from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday.

Rivers and stream levels are well below flood stage, and the predicted precipitation totals – under a half-inch – aren’t particularly menancing.

However, rapid melting of the snow-and-ice pack  is possible tonight and tomorrow morning, and the bulk of the rain could fall in a hurry, said Gary Szatkowski, meteorologist in charge of the National Weather Service in Mount Holly.

POSTED: Thursday, February 20, 2014, 11:58 AM

As of 8 a.m. today, the mass of snow-and-ice that is oozing away still was holding more than a month’s worth of precipitation throughout Bucks and Montgomery Counties and part of Chester County.

Given the forecast, some nuisance flooding is all but a certainty on Friday, but despite all that water, and the extensive ice on rivers and streams, it appears that the region is going to dodge anything catastrophic.

The February sun, feeling more of its oats by the day, is likely to squeeze out some more water from the snow-and-ice pack this afternoon.

POSTED: Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 6:09 PM

Not only the Philadelphia region but the rest of the eastern half of the United States had quite the wintry January.

In the Southeast region, this was the eighth-coldest January in the 120-year period of record, according to the National Climate Data Center.

For the Northeast, it was No. 25; locally, it was the 11th coldest January in southeastern Pennsylvania, and No. 22 in South Jersey.

POSTED: Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 2:37 PM

With an official snow total at 58.4 inches in Philadelphia, the winter of 2013-14 has taken sole possession of third place in the 130-year period of record.

In addition, the 3.0 measured at Philadelphia International Airport this morning nudged the February total to 21.3 inches, good for No. 7 all-time for the month. Here are the updated regional totals for the overnight snow.

Our statistical wizard, Alan Weiss, informs that the January-February period now stands at No. 2, at 47.2 inches; 2010 is in first, with 54.6.

POSTED: Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 2:14 PM

This generally has been a snowy winter throughout the Northeast, with stations reporting well-above normal snowfall.

But in Philly and New York City, snow has been WAY, WAY above normal.

Through yesterday – and we’re not counting what fell overnight  (see above), which is going to boost up the average – the 55.4 inches represented 351 percent of the normal-to-date, 15.8 inches.

POSTED: Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 12:13 PM

This morning’s quick-hitting snowfall is disappearing about as fast as it came. We watched it slide off cars like creamed icing sliding off the face of someone who has just been pied.

An impressive melt is underway, and it will gain considerable momentum the rest of the workweek, perhaps a splash too much on Friday, when temperatures make a run at 60 and thunderstorms are possible.

The water content of the snow-and-ice to the north and west of the city is prodigious, exceeding 4 inches in parts of the city and Bucks and Montgomery Counties.

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